A nine-year-old Vancouver boy believed to have been abducted by his mother has been found safe in Arizona.
Vancouver police said Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found Emerson Cusworth with his mother, Shawana Puja Chaudhary, and his younger sister near Phoenix on Tuesday.
The mother has been arrested by U.S. authorities and will face charges in connection with the alleged abduction as soon as she is extradited to Canada. The boy and his sister are being sent back north of the border.
At Wednesday press conference, Vancouver Police Cst. Jason Doucette said that the police don’t know exactly what route the trio would have taken to get to Arizona, nor why the mother chose that area.
Emerson had gone missing March 9 after his father reported that he couldn’t find his son during an arranged after-school pickup.
The boy’s parents share custody of their child.
More to come.